Syria Slams US Allegations on Chemical Weapons

(MENAFN) Syria has dismissed as "lies" the United States' allegations about the Syrian Arab army's use of chemical weapons against a group of militants.

Blasting Washington for relying on stories conjured by the "so-called partners on the ground," a source from Syria's Foreign Ministry on Saturday shrugged off Washington's allegations that Syria recently launched a chemical attack on militants near Damascus.

According to the Syrian state news agency SANA, the source said no saran gas had been used in military operations near Damascus in the recent past, US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Friday that the White House was concerned that militants had been attacked by sarin, a deadly nerve agent.

Since the beginning of the war in Syria in early 2011, the Western governments have on several occasions accused Syria of using chemical weapons against militants.
Damascus has denied the allegation, saying it is meant to put more pressure on the government forces and delay their success in the fight against terrorists.


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